Yamaha will always be remembered for its partnership with Valentino Rossi and countless wins at MotoGP racing. But the Japanese brand has carved a niche for itself in rally racing as well, especially the Dakar Rally, which is one of the most challenging races in the world. As a matter of fact, Yamaha XT ADV riders won the first Dakar Rally in 1979 and the following year. And to celebrate its rally legacy, the company recently revealed Rally Edition of Yamaha Tenere 700 ADV. This special edition model gets several design changes and addition rally kit similar to the factory bike used by the brand in rally races.
In case you didn't know, Yamaha Tenere 700 is an adventure bike which has borrowed a lot of elements from the company's professional bikes. And the Tenere 700 Rally Editions extend that association by adding elements like heritage rally colors and various accessories as standard. The Rally Edition models get a dedicated rally seat, Akrapovic slip-on muffler, heavy-duty skid plate, radiator protector, LED flashers, off-road handgrips, and chain guard. The highlight, however, has to be blue/yellow racing livery, speed block graphics, and gold rims borrowed from the Yamaha XT600 bike used Dakar Rally bikes used by Jean-Claude Olivier and Serge Bacou in 1983 and 1984.
Besides these cosmetic and ergonomic changes, Tenere 700 Rally Edition model is mechanically the same as their standard counterparts. It is based on a double-cradle steel tube backbone frame and is powered by a liquid-cooled 689 cc engine. This powerplant is coupled to a six-speed transmission and makes 72 bhp with 68 Nm of peak torque. The ADV uses inverted telescopic forks with 210 mm front wheel travel and link-type suspension with the swingarm and 200 mm rear-wheel travel. The braking duties are handled by twin 282 mm front and single 245 mm rear disc brakes.
Yamaha Tenere 700 ADV has been designed to hark back to the older rally bikes, because of which is includes very minimal electronic interventions. In fact, switchable ABS is the only electronic feature on this bike whereas most of the competitors use traction control system, cornering ABS, IMU, etc. This makes Tenere 700 ADV a great companion for instinctive riders and purists who prefer mechanical fun to electronic features.
Original Source [timesnownews]